How Her Agenda CEO Rhonesha Byng Empowers Millennials & Positions Businesswomen As The New Beyonces
Rhonesha Byng considers herself a “self-starter,” which is an incredible understatement. A high achiever who has been giving out her own business cards since the time she was 16, the Brooklyn native has always known two things: That she loved to write and was soon smitten with journalism, and that connections and relationships are crucial to one’s success. So events, workshops, programs, scholarships, internships with media companies — Rhonesha did it all, and it’s paid off as early as her days in high school!
Fast forward to her dorm room at DePauw University in 2008, and Rhonesha decided that she would start her own media business, Her Agenda, which is a platform that aims to bridge the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women, and, most importantly, provide them access to the types of connections that she had been cultivating since she was a teenager. Today, Rhonesha has moderated panels at the White House and recently appeared on Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30 in Media” List. But what’s important for her isn’t her own shine, it’s that of her members and the inspiring women she features on Her Agenda.”The same way people look at Beyonce is the same way I look at these women who are accomplished and amazing and who are just doing their thing,” she says.
On this episode of the Support is Sexy podcast, Rhonesha shares how she’s helping millennial women get access to the room and giving a seat at the table, how she’s nurturing the next generation of leaders on college campuses, how you can build your own powerful network, and why it’s important to shine the light on a different type of role model — one who isn’t necessarily a celebrity.
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On this episode you’ll learn:
- Why you have to put yourself in the spaces and places that will allow you to meet potential mentors.
- Be completely unapologetic about who you are and what your goals are.
- Why follow up is everything — and why most people don’t do it.
- What your social media bio should say bout who you are.
- Make it easy for people to support you and get clear on what your ASK is.
- Learn to anticipate people’s needs before they even articulate them.
- Surround yourself with people who see more for you than you see for yourself.
- How to turn those “nos” into a “yes.”
- What Rhonesha learned about running a business.
- How she learned to close the gaps in what she needed to learn about business.
- How crucial programs, workshops and other opportunities are to your success.
- Why she says that just because you don’t have the right network, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a chance at success.
- How one outreach to a contact landed her an opportunity to speak on a panels at the White House.
- What entrepreneurship teaches you about your own power.
VISIT RHONESHA BYNG AT heragenda.com.
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RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
“Brooklyn Girls” by Charles Hamilton
National Association of Black Journalists
The Ave Magazine
Tai Beauchamp featured on the Support is Sexy podcast
Erica Kendrick of NABFEME
Points of Light Civic Accelerator
The POSSE Foundation
Emma Bowen Foundation
Rachel Sklar of theli.ist
Black Girls Rule
Nicole Duncan Smith
[Music: “Easy” by SPCZ]